Social Determinants of Health

Social determinants of health (SDOH) are the conditions in which people live, learn, work, and play and affect a wide range of health risks and outcomes. An integral part of health care delivery involves understanding these social and environmental factors of patients’ lives outside of the health care system.

The capture of SDOH data offers information that can help with understanding the various factors at an individual, community, and population level to help improve care.  The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) is consistently working to help make healthcare safer, more effective, and more convenient which includes supporting standardized collection and interoperable sharing of SDOH data. The areas in which ONC supports collecting and sharing SDOH data are standards and certification, policy, and coordination across agencies and various stakeholders.

HHS and SDOH Health IT Standards Activities

Standards Development Organization SDOH Activity

Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, Inc. (HIMSS)

For upcoming ONC activities sign-up for the ONC listerv (at the bottom of the page) and for ONC Blogs visit Health IT Buzz Blog.

SDOH Stakeholders interested in submitting new data elements and classes for The United States Core for Data Interoperability (USCDI) please visit the ONC New Data Element and Class (ONDEC) page.

Content last reviewed on September 18, 2020
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